Sara Joan Kneedy Moss, 90, of Kaysville, was called home on August 25, 2022, by her Father in Heaven, with her forever sweetheart Paul, and daughters by her side. She passed from their loving arms into the welcoming embraces of beloved family members who have been waiting for her joyous return.
Sara Jo was born to John Lawrence Kneedy and Sara Emma Beard Kneedy, on August 9, 1932 in Rexburg, Idaho. The youngest of five children she grew up in a warm and loving family, living the first few years of her life at the base of the Grand Tetons, which she loved. The family eventually moved to Utah spending a couple of years in Murray, before moving to Kaysville.
She attended Davis High School, where she met her future husband, Paul J. Moss, a fellow marching band classmate. After graduating from Davis High in 1950, Sara Jo attended Utah State University in Logan for a couple of semesters while Paul was away at flight school in Texas to become a pilot for the United States Air Force. After he graduated from flight school, they were married and sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple on December 20, 1951. Sara Jo’s full-time career as a military wife immediately followed. For the next 20 years they would make their home in California, Idaho, Nevada, Okinawa Japan, Washington, Madrid Spain and finally Kaysville. In 1954, they welcomed their first daughter, Liegh Ann into their small little family while they were stationed in Reno, NV. Anita arrived in 1960 while they were stationed in Moses Lake, WA; and Denise joined the family in 1964 in Madrid, Spain.
Sara Jo was a dedicated wife and loving mother. She never complained about Paul being gone TDY, which would keep him away for days at a time. She delighted in turning their drab military “houses or apartments” into loving “homes.” On one occasion, Paul came home from being gone TDY only to find that the trailer they had been living in had been moved. Sara had found a better location and enlisted help moving it. It took him a little while to finally track her down. She also moved apartments one time while he was away; she liked to stay busy and apparently keep Paul on his toes!
Sara Jo was multi-talented and excelled in everything she did. She loved to paint and draw. She played the piano and loved to sing and taught herself how to play the guitar. Quilting, crocheting, ceramics, sewing; she was a master of all. She loved doing genealogy and took up stamp collecting as a shared and lifelong hobby with her daughter, Anita. She enjoyed swap meets and yard sales and was known to drive a hard bargain, walking away with treasures for a dollar when at all possible.
She enjoyed her church callings in the Relief Society presidency, as church librarian, and making hundreds of quilts for humanitarian projects. Sara Jo and Paul were also called as service missionaries at the Bishop’s Storehouse in Kaysville and served there for two years.
She loved her family unconditionally and was such a joy to be around. She never said a cross word to anybody but could throw the “mom look” whenever you got out of line. She had the best sense of humor, and she loved sweets; she was never too full for dessert. She was truly one of God’s angels here on earth. Though she struggled with memory loss over the last few years, she was always positive, and even though her dementia worsened to where she didn’t know her family, we were blessed with small tender mercies and moments of lucidity and recognition, and we knew that she knew us because she told us that she loved us. Mom, our hearts are broken, we love and miss you so much already.
Left to honor and remember her until we can once again feel the warmth of her embrace are her loving husband, Paul, daughters Anita M. Wood and Denise M. Clegg (Kyle); sister Loriene Hansen, sister-in-law Dona Kneedy (Larry); brother-in-law Steven Moss (Jean) and sister-in-law Jacqueline Jackson (Robert); seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews who loved their “Aunti Jo.”
Sara Jo was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Edith and Marybell and brother Larry; daughter Liegh Ann; son-in-law Chuck Holcomb; brothers-in-law Kenneth Hansen, James McLaughlin, Alan Jensen and Robert Jackson; nieces Lorie Ann Hansen and Jennifer Jackson and nephew Craig Kneedy. Oh, the reunion they must be having!
Our family would like to extend our gratitude to Atlas Hospice for the kind and gentle care they administered to our mom during her last days with us.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Kaysville City Cemetery, 500 E. Crestwood Rd., Kaysville, Utah. Friends may visit with family Wednesday, August 31, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Kaysville Mortuary, 400 N. Main St., Kaysville, Utah.